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#ShopLikeALocal as Only the Experts Know How

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If you had a limitless budget, where would be the one city you’d shop in and what would you buy? Whether you’re a top designer, devoted foodie, or just travel-obsessed, responses to this type of question are nothing short of daydream-worthy.

For our most recent #ShopLikeALocal Twitter chat, answers to this question ranged from Designers Yeardley Smith of Marchez Vous and Kara Ross of Kara Ross NY both choosing New York City; Designer Chris Benz voting for Paris to hunt down the many treasures he covets; Creative Director, Rafe, wanting to head off the map and buy a beachfront house in Palawan; or Designer Cynthia Vincent dreaming of a summer home in Istanbul so that she can decorate it with everything from local markets and bazaars—for us, we would choose all of the above.

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New Travel + Leisure Articles on Pinterest

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Pinterest isn't just for recipes, decorating, or (our favorite) travel inspiration. It's also a great way to see what other people are reading and discovering online.

Starting today, Pinterest is launching improved article pins, and Travel + Leisure is proud to be a launch partner. Over the next few weeks, you'll begin to see articles from Travel + Leisure on our Pinterest boards, with helpful information about the piece right in the pin—such as the headline, author, and a brief description. This will make your boards more useful and easier to keep organized.

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Video: How to Eat a Lobster with Seafood Expert, Luke Holden

Last week, a six-clawed lobster was found off of Midcoast Maine, and just a week earlier a two-toned lobster was pulled from similar waters. But most lobster fans have been buzzing over the rare affordability of lobsters these days—prices per pound are the lowest they've been in 20 years. Maybe this is the one good side of Global Warming?

Americans consumed 231 million pounds of Maine lobster last year—a record high. The conclusion? A trip to Maine—especially in the late-summer or early fall—is not complete without eating lobster. In warmer months, lobsters molt, and their shells become so soft you can eat them with your hands, without the aid of crackers. Just ask for a "shedder" and you'll sound like a local. Maine native Luke Holden, of Luke's Lobster in New York City, shows you just what to do.

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T+L Twitter Chat on Life-Changing Trips on Wednesday, September 4th

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We’ve all had (or dreamt of having) the type of trip that is truly transformative. You arrive stressed and find a way to imbue a trip with enough significance to relieve the tension you were previously holding onto, overcome personal challenges, or just purely relax and find a way to become centered once again. Join our live Twitter chat on Life-Changing trips this Wednesday, September 4th from 2pm to 3pm EDT. Our panel of experts will share tips on the best destinations for wellness, how to use travel to overcome difficulties, and how travel experiences can change your life. Ask them for their insider advice!

Join the conversation on Wednesday, September 4th from 2pm to 3pm EDT.

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T+L Twitter Chat Recap: "Photography" from Industry Experts

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Our most recent T+L Twitter Chat on photography covered topics ranging from how to shoot like an expert, the best digital editing apps, and photo etiquette.

When it came to the number one tip for making a photo come to life, Nikon USA said, “get off the beaten path and explore the culture and people, not just the pretty landscapes.” Adobe Lightroom advised, “beat the rush, avoid the crowds, and get the best light.” BlurbBooks recommended to “shoot the details. The big things everyone will remember—or just search for on the Internet.”

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T+L Twitter Chat Recap: “Summer Travel” from Industry Experts

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Our most recent T+L Twitter Chat covered tips on quick weekend getaways, and the best restaurants, things to do, beaches, or destinations to visit in the summer.

For summer getaways, Havaianas sandals recommended their homeland of Brazil, while Trina Turk spoke highly of a recent trip to Berlin and Capri that she took with her husband, interior designer and personality Jonathan Adler, and fashion writer and commentator Simon Doonan. Kiehl’s Since 1851 President, Chris Salgardo, was live tweeting from LifeRide, a motorcycle ride from Seattle to Los Angeles to benefit amFAR, while Gary Arndt of Everywhere Trip has been busy so far this summer, having already traveled to the Bahamas, USVI, BVI, Anguilla, St. Martin, Saba, St. Eustatius, St. Kitts and Nevis!

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Pet Travel Wednesdays: Midweek Yawn

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It may be Wednesday, but don’t lose your bite! The weekend is on its way and there’s plenty to explore when traveling with your trusted companion. Take Camo the Jack Russell Terrier, for example. When he’s not napping, he’s taking on the great outdoors with his pal (and one of our top Instagram followers) Bridget Brunet at California’s Mammoth Mountain.

Have your own pet travel tips or photos? Submit them using the hashtag #TLDogs on Twitter or Instagram. Your pup could be featured next!

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T+L Twitter Chat on Summer Travel on Wednesday, August 7

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Have you gone on any great trips this summer or are you still looking to get out of town? Need a quick weekend getaway and want to know the best hotels, restaurants, things to do, and destinations to visit in the summer? Join our live Twitter chat on Summer Travel this Wednesday, August 7th from 2pm to 3pm EDT. Our panel of experts will share tips on quick-and-easy beach weekends, the best places to get quintessential summer food, new destinations to discover, and summer travel trends. Ask them for their insider advice!

Join the conversation on Wednesday, August 7th from 2pm to 3pm EDT.

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T+L Twitter Chat Recap: “Secret Europe” as Only the Experts Know It

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Our most recent T+L Twitter Chat covered the best “secret” spots to visit in Europe, when you’re looking to skip the tourist attractions and head off the beaten path. Our panel of travel experts shared insider tips on unknown destinations, the best shopping spots, tourist-free beaches, and travel trends.

For some of the most underrated destinations in Europe, our panel recommended Olomouc in the Czech Republic (@indietravel), Slovenia (@The PluckyOne), Matera in Southern Italy (@YoungAdventures), and Le Pays Basque in southwestern France (@purpletruffle).

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Crowdsourcing: What to Do When You're Near the Colosseum in Rome

We asked true travel pros what to do near the Colosseum in Rome. Want to share your advice? Join our community on Facebook at facebook.com/travelandleisure and at Twitter @TravlandLeisure.

“Order the salmon tagliolini at the Hotel Forum (25-30 Via Tor de’ Conti. $$$).” —@hithapalepu

“Have an aperitif in the top-floor restaurant at Hotel Palazzo Manfredi at sunset, looking over the ruins of ancient passageways.” —Katherine Pisana, via Facebook

“The Basilica of San Clemente (Via di San Giovanni in Laterano) is more than a church—it’s a fascinating voyage below ground and back in time.” —@walksofitaly

“Home goods store Logical Space Design (27 Via dei Santi Quattro) is filled with must-buy pieces.” —@brett_hughes

“Pay two euros to the silent order of nuns at Monastero dei Santi Quattro Coronati (20 Via dei Santi Quattro) to see 13th-century frescoes in the Chapel of St. Sylvester.” —@understandrome

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